When people are fulfilled by their work, they experience joy! When the organization culture includes personnel development and involvement, joy is a frequent occurrence.
In a recent speech I described the gray line between work and play. Humans are the only species that seeks happiness. And the ultimate goal, the peak of happiness, is joy.
Poets talk about “Joi de vivre” – the Joy of living. According to polls, the most popular and beloved of all classical music compositions is Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.
I ended my 2014 book, “The DNA of the Resilient Organization – How One Collective Heartbeat Creates Continuous Competitive Advantage”, with a discussion of Joy in the workplace. I have found that organizations that achieve internal organization unity frequently and regularly experience joy. And the greater the unity, the greater the organization resilience. It is circular.
I heard Steven Covey, highly regarded and best-selling author, recently finish a presentation with “Millennials value open, transparent, collaborative leadership style. Trust leads to Joy.”
Joy should be the goal of not just play but also of work! Both Play and Work can and should be a great source of Joy! You can’t sustain health – in mind, in body, or in any organizational body – without joy. When joy goes, health also deteriorates.
True unity, which is accomplished while building organizational resilience and sustainability, leads to joy. The greater the unity, the greater the joy, and the greater the organizational resilience.